Keadilan eyes 60% of seats in three states


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 27 Jan 2004

PENANG: Parti Keadilan Nasional aims to field candidates in 60% of the seats in Penang, Selangor and Perak – which it considers to be its front-line states – in the coming general election. 

Party president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah, who will defend her Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat, said the party wants straight fights against the Barisan Nasional in the areas it hopes to contest. 

Speaking at a Chinese New Year open house organised by the Keadilan Tanjung division, she also praised her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as “the guardian” of the Chinese community. 

She said this was reflected in his name, which in Chinese is pronounced an hua. The name carries the meaning “guardian of the Tionghua people”, she told the gathering. 

Penang Keadilan chief Dr Mansor Othman said Keadilan did not want to see multiple fights in the election because it would be like “giving the Barisan a Chinese New Year present.” 

He said Keadilan had identified its prospective seats and listed its candidates, adding that the party’s supreme council will make a decision at its meeting tomorrow. 

He said there would be another meeting to discuss seat allocation with the DAP. 

State opposition leader and Penanti assemblyman Abdul Rahman Kadir said pamphlets on matters raised at the Penang state assembly would be distributed to the public after the party’s candidates are named.  

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